Five Hollywood film studios have joined together to offer a new service created to make it easier for consumers to collect digital movies that they can watch at home or on mobile devices, the studios said in a statement on Wednesday. There's a server difficulties message appearing on the DisneyMovies Anywhere website right now too, so it's possible that just too many people are currently looking into this.
Ultraviolet, the previous multi-studio digital locker, never really took off with consumers because it's missing a couple of key ingredients: interlinking with the big digital retailers like Amazon, Google and iTunes - and, well, Disney movies.
Disney's Movies Anywhere service allowed consumers to buy a movie digitally once and enjoy it on all supported apps and services. Movie content purchased or redeemed through digital retailers Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu will be supported through this service. Anyone who links two or more Google Play accounts to Movies Anywhere will get those films show up in their library.
Movies Anywhere is launching first in the U.S., and all movies purchased from Disney, Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal, and Warner Bros. will be available to watch on Google Play. As the company is pursuing that strategy more aggressively than ever, it seems Movies Anywhere remains a big part of Disney's digital future.even if they are now willing to share.
Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts. Movies Anywhere now offers support for devices including Amazon Fire; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; and Roku. Anybody wanting to try it out for themselves can sign up now at the Movies Anywhere site.
Movies Anywhere will initially feature access to a library of over 7,300 digital movies, along with previews and film extras.
As a promo, new users connecting with one of those four retailers will get free digital copies of last year's Ghostbusters remake and Ice Age.